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The 10 Best SNES Games – Part Two

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Here’s the second part of our list of the 10 best SNES games for Nintendo. Part one left off with Final Fantasy at number six. We’ve collated some of the biggest reviews of these games and looked at their average scores. This is the result.

A reminder of the rules

In this list, a game’s average launch reviews and a dash of opinion will be considered. If your favourite doesn’t make the list there’s a good chance it was considered. The SNES library has another 10 to 15 stand out titles that missed out. Release dates may appear as a range of years due to different release dates across regions.

Here’s part two of our list of the Top 10 SNES games of all time.

5. Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting

Released – 1993

Developer – Capcom

Publisher – Capcom

Copies Sold – 4.1M

Average Review Score – 94.9%

Street Fighter 2 Turbo is the third version of Capcom’s smash hit Street Fighter 2. Capcom’s fighting powerhouse saw countless competitor series and some pale imitators. The fighting game craze of the early 1990s had begun.

Turbo is a fantastic port of the arcade game. Turbo sped the gameplay up making the battles faster than ever. The button presses for combos needing to be more precise than ever to pull off the big moves. This made for frantic fun gameplay and they didn’t stop their characters such as Guile gained new moves.

Turbo also sees the debut of the overpowered Akuma. He appears and beats M.Bison to a pulp replacing him as the final boss. Akuma appears if the player has met certain criteria during their play through.

Japanese magazine Famitsu known for its critical scoring gave the game 36 out of 40. EGM also named Turbo as the best Super Nintendo Game of 1993.

The game shines in two-player mode and gave kids everywhere bragging rights over who could beat all their mates.

4. Super Mario World

Released – 1990/92

Developer – Nintendo EAD

Publisher – Nintendo

Copies Sold – 20.61M (Bundled With System)

Average Review Score – 91.8%

How do you top Super Mario Bros 3 and make an amazing launch game? Simple, Super Mario World!

Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto had the Midas touch with our favourite plumber.

Computer and Video Games Magazine (CVG) loved it giving Super Mario World 96%. “The gameplay is so addictive; you’d better be prepared to stay stuck to your screens until you’ve completed it! Omit, a totally fantastic game”

The game was massive on release featuring 96 different levels. Power-ups and new gameplay mechanics, allowing the player to float through levels (if you could keep Mario airborne).

Nintendo also debuted Yoshi the Dinosaur. Yoshi can eat enemies and gain abilities from eating the shells of Bowser’s Koopa Troopers.

Super Mario World sold over 20 million units becoming the bestselling game on the Super Nintendo. It’s worth noting most copies came bundled with the system, not to take away from the sheer number sold. Super Mario World arrived at the right time to take the console wars battle to that pesky hedgehog and his blast processing.

The gameplay and art style in Super Mario World make it still a great looking game to play today. It’s firmly one of Nintendo’s all-time classics.


3. Chrono Trigger

Released – 1995 (PAL Unreleased)

Developer – Square

Publisher – Square

Copies Sold – 2.31M

Average Review Score 90.7%

The second game on this list Europe missed out on. Square was at their absolute best when they made Chrono Trigger. Some people call it one of the best games of all time and it’s easy to see why it’s held in such high regard. Next Generation Magazine awarded it a four out of five, stating “it easily qualifies as one of the best RPGs ever made”

In this JRPG an experiment leads to discovering an apocalyptic event in the far future. Crono and a cast of characters from across time join forces to try and prevent a dystopian future.

Final Fantasy’s combat system is once again used, though what sets this game apart is its lack of random encounters. All enemies are visible when traversing areas and dungeons. Characters can combine for dual and triple attacks (techs) to unleash massive damage on opponents.

The story isn’t complex, yet draws you in. Square excelled at creating characters people genuinely wanted to see succeed. Chrono Trigger has you recruit, among others, a robot a cavewoman and even a sword-wielding frog. Who has one of the most compelling and tragic backstories of any character in a Super Nintendo game.

Chrono Trigger is a fantastic game and even if you’re not usually an RPG person, you will be after playing it.

2. The Legend of Zelda A Link to The Past

Released – 1991/92

Developer – Nintendo EAD

Publisher – Nintendo

Copies Sold – 4.6M

Average Review Score – 93.5%

A Link to the Past returned to the top-down gameplay of the original Legend of Zelda. The side-scrolling from The Adventure of Link is gone.

Critically acclaimed upon release Nintendo Magazine System reviewers gave the game a 96%. An EGM Reviewer was stunned starting his review with “Wow! This is the closest a game has ever gotten to a perfect 10”. Famitsu even gave A Link to the past a near-perfect 39 out of 40. Making it one of the highest-ranked games they had ever reviewed at that point.

A Link to the Past sees Link on a quest to save Hyrule from the evil Ganon. The Master Sword and parallel universes would also be introduced for the first time. The gameplay and variety of dungeons are excellent and has also aged well over time. (It’s like Nintendo have perfected an anti-aging formula).

The music like most of Nintendo’s first-party games is excellent with the over world theme being instantly recognisable. Like Final Fantasy VI, A Link to Past has had its soundtrack performed by orchestras.

A Link to the Past is one of Nintendo’s finest games and was considered for the top spot on this list. It was beaten to the post by one other game. It’s a must-play on the Super Nintendo and accessible via the Switch Online.

1. Super Metroid

Released – 1994

Developer – Nintendo R&D1/Intelligent Systems

Publisher – Nintendo

Copies Solid – 1.42M

Average Review Score – 91.1%

The foreboding atmosphere and the sense of isolation. The game’s creator Yoshio Sakamoto said “We had a strong desire to make something that people would compare to a movie”. He created something so much more.

Super Metroid is the third in the series. This time Samus Aran must stop Ridley and the Space Pirates from harnessing the power of a young Metroid.

The Metroid series awards players for their exploration with power-ups hidden all over the planet Zebes. You’re free to roam throughout, with every new ability gained allowing Samus access to new areas.

A big improvement is the inclusion of an in game map. In the first two Metroid games players had to rely on printed maps that came with magazines. Nintendo Power would publish extended features containing maps to help struggling players.

EGM named Super Metroid the best action game of 1994 and in 2003 they named Super Metroid as the best game of all time. Super Play Magazine would call Super Metroid “more of an experience than a game”.

The music, the setting, and the graphics make Super Metroid rather special. The game along with several other SNES games has aged amazingly well over time. The music gives an amazing sense of suspense and isolation to the world you’re exploring, full of creatures and massive memorable boss encounters.

Super Metroid is one of the best action-adventure style games ever made and it tops our list. The term “Metroidvania” is now used to describe games of a similar play style. It might only be a 16-bit game but play all the way through to the end for an ending you’ll never forget.

The verdict

Putting this list together wasn’t easy. There was a short list of over twenty games to consider the standard was that high. Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Mario Kart, Earthbound and Super Mario RPG are a handful that didn’t make the list.

Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda A Link to The Past and Chrono Trigger were all placed close at the top of this list. All have received accolades and are talked about as not just some of the best games on the SNES, but as some of the best games of all time. Making them worthy of their places on this list.


And that’s the final part of our list of the 10 best SNES games, did we miss any? Do you agree with the order? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.


Read part one of our list of the 10 best SNES games HERE.

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7 Playstation 5 Games To Be Excited About

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The release of the PS5 has created a lot of hype and excitement for PlayStation 5 players, 2021 comes with the promise of new and exciting games releases!

Below we’ve listed seven up and coming PlayStation 5 games to look forward to.

1: Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Adventure and RPG

Developer: Guerrilla

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Forbidden West is the exciting sequel to the hit game – Horizon: Zero Dawn. The original ps5 game attracted many players, and even has its own board game allowing gamers to explore the universe in a new way.

Horizon Forbidden West takes us on a whole new adventure to a far-future America. Where you, the gamer, can encounter new enemies, cultures and characters. It has new mechanical enemies to face, strategic gameplay and enormous human mounted machines. Gamers can take these on using weapons, gear and traps crafted from salvage.

Players can look forward to getting stuck in with the story, strategy, challenge and mystery on offer with this up and coming release. With stunning visuals, Aloy’s new journey proves promising with new secrets and history to unlock.

Horizon Forbidden West trailer

2: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Platform and Shooter

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

A brand new, colourful adventure awaits with this new Ratchet & Clank game.

Ratchet & Clank is a series of third-person shooter and action platformer games. This franchise has many games in the series going as far back as the original PlayStation, with even an animated feature available.

For series fans, this new science fiction adventure promises to make full use of the PS5’s quick load times. Gamers can look forward to travelling through dimensions at high speeds in this new adventure, combined with more outrageous gadgets!

Once again, Ratchet & Clank take on evil forces threatening to take over the world. This time, there’s a twist! A robotic emperor from another reality is working around the clock to destroy all organic life, with Ratchet & Clanks dimension next in line!

With new faces, new gadgets and interdimensional hopping gameplay. Players can enjoy the thrill of gameplay that makes full use of the PS5’s stunning visuals and DualSense™ controller.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart trailer

3: Gran Turismo™ 7

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Racing

Developer: Polyphony Digital Inc.

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gran Turismo is an old name in the racing genre, and it is hitting the PlayStation 5 games chart with this exciting new release! Gran Turismo 7 promises cultivation of the 22-year history of the franchise, to bring you an experience beyond pure racing. This game takes advantage of the DualSense™ Controller and promises reduced loading times thanks to the increased processing power of the PS5.

With the GT Simulation Mode’s reintroduction, players can embark on a single-player campaign within the game, alongside other features that take it beyond just racing. Gran Turismo 7 includes evolved tuning and customisation of hundreds of cars in the garage. Players can also improve skills and strategies using the games Driving School. Combine this with other classic features such as special events and championships, this game is a promising release.

Gran Turismo 7 trailer

4: Resident Evil Village

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Survival Horror

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

This chilling next chapter to another long-running series will be hitting the PS5 in 2021. Resident Evil Village makes full use of the power of the PS5 to enable gamers to experience horror in a brand new way. This series is set a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7- Biohazard, with character Ethan Winters and his wife building a new life together in peace, just before tragedy hits once more.

With first-person gameplay, players take on the role of Ethan. Gamers uncover the mysteries of this chilling village as they attempt to escape, bumping into new enemies and familiar faces.

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5: Hogwarts Legacy

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Avalanche Software

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Fans of the world of Harry Potter are awaiting this big-budget RPG with bated breath. With 105k people following its progress just on Twitter, this ps5 game proves to be an exciting addition to the Harry Potter universe. I am excited to see exactly what kind of structure this game will take.

Set in the late 1800s, players will choose their Hogwarts House and live a Hogwarts student’s life as they attend classes. Hogwarts Legacy promises to be a more immersive and open world for players. With adventure and opportunities to explore renowned locations on offer, players can tame magical beasts, brew potions and master other magical combat abilities.

Hogwarts Legacy trailer

6: Final Fantasy XVI

Release Date: TBC

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Square Enix Creative Business Unit lll

Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI is the next up and coming game in the Final Fantasy franchise. This game, for some time, will be a PS5 exclusive.

Set in the fantasy world of Valisthea controlled by six factions on the verge of conflict. The game looks visually fantastic, with a deep storyline from what we can see from the first trailer and pre-release gameplay.

The gameplay and combat system looks more responsive. We can see from the pre-release that a combination of melee-based attacks and magical abilities will be incorporated into the gameplay. Players and fans can hopefully gain more information as it nears its release on ps5.

Final Fantasy XVI trailer

7: Deathloop

Release Date: 21st May 2021

Genre: Action-adventure

Developer: Arkane Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Deathloop offers stunning visuals, fast loading times and adaptive triggers to fully immerse players in this game. Fighting to survive in a hunter vs hunted game, players engage in first-person action that combines weaponry with powers.

This game offers both multi-player gameplay and single-player mode. Players can experience the main storyline, or to take control of assassin character Julianna to sneak into other players campaigns. The aim of the game? Break the time-loop by successfully taking out eight targets before the end of the night.

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Can’t Wait?

Finding you can’t wait for these new releases? Check out the PlayStation Plus collection! Full list of games and details available HERE including games from the Ratchet & Clank and Resident Evil series for anyone needing to catch up.


And that’s our list of seven PlayStation 5 games to be excited about this year. Which one are you looking forward to most of all? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


Read all about the things we’ve learn’t about the PS5 HERE.

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